Study: Common Core benefits to students, educators ‘elusive’
Recent analysis released last month of federal funding for Common Core standards shows the only winners of its implementation are not students but those who set the draft the curriculum and set the agenda.
The study, titled “Smart Money? Philanthropic and Federal Funding for the Common Core,” was released in September by the Education Policy Analysis Archives. It concludes, “In essence, those who set directions for the Common Core and those who provided resources for its implementation have benefited, even as potential benefits to schools, educators, and students are elusive, and the entire claim may ultimately be empty.”
None of this is news to anyone who has paid attention to the tremendous costs of Common Core or the devastating consequences it’s had on U.S. education. It would be fun to say, “We told you so,” but we can’t get our money back or our children’s lost educational opportunities — at least, not in time to regain what was wasted in the years they sat in classrooms in which they were taught confusing math problems and downright dangerous literature.
Common Core is a set of national standards dictating what students should know at the end of each grade level. Forty-two states and the District of Columbia adopted the standards soon after they launched in 2010. A handful of states have since repealed the standards and even more have rebranded their state standards in an attempt to rid themselves of any association with the now-notorious Common Core. State membership in the consortia to create Common Core-aligned tests has dropped by 62 percent since 2011.
Big-government, one-size-fits-all “solutions” to challenges in public education have no place in the classroom, especially since Common Core was developed from the top down with no input from local school boards, teachers and parents. Click here to help Tea Party Patriots put an end to federal control of our students’ educational testing and instructional content.